The Dude Abides: Every Jeff Bridges Movie, Ranked Worst to Best

From charming rascals to old coots, 'The Last Picture Show' to 'The Big Lebowski' – the iconic actor's greatest hits (and misses)

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11. 'The Last American Hero' (1973)

"Jeff Bridges may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor who ever lived," Pauline Kael wrote in her review of Lamont Johnson's 1973 racing epic. "If he has a profile, we're not aware of it." The very openness of Bridges' presence – highlighted by those inquisitive eyes and that half-smile that forever seems like it could turn into either a grimace or a guffaw – is one of the reasons why this movie, about a young Southern moonshine runner-turned-stock-car racer, is so damned unforgettable. The actor goes from outlaw to eager beaver to superstar to bitter romantic with what appears to be minimal effort and maximum impact. It's an early indicator of his extraordinary range in just one role.

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